Author: Dan Bacher

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Nestlé: The Grinch stealing California water

by Dan Bacher  The Crunch Nestlé Alliance, the group that shut down the Nestlé Waters bottling plant in Sacramento in March 2015 and October 2014, will be protesting at the plant again on December 4, but this time the alliance is doubling down on a shut-down.  This time the group is also going to shut […]

November 10th

Big oil lobbying money turns California the WRONG kind of green

By Dan Bacher Western States Petroleum Association Spent Record $6.75 Million In 3 Months! California has over the years acquired a largely undeserved reputation for being the nation’s “green” leader when in fact the state’s so-called “visionary” environmental policies have resulted in some of the most polluted rivers and air, most imperiled fish populations, most […]

November 10th

CA Gov Jerry Brown’s mediocre environmental record

By Dan Bacher Every day it becomes clearer that Governor Jerry Brown, who falsely portrays himself as a “climate leader,” is nothing but a hypocritical politician who is a stooge of Big Oil, corporate agribusiness and other Big Money interests. In the latest scandal that exposes the Big Lie that Brown is a “green governor,” […]

November 9th

Does California’s WaterFix plan violate the Clean Water Act?

By Dan Bacher Environmental and fishing groups today alerted the Federal and State agencies responsible for issuing permits before any construction of the Delta Tunnels can start that the controversial WaterFix project will violate the federal Clean Water Act (CWA). A 15-page letter from the groups documents multiple violations of the landmark CWA if the […]

October 7th

For Jerry Brown’s water-stealing WaterFix, the Fix is IN…

By Dan Bacher On the same day that Californians for Water Security, the astroturf coalition established to rally support for Jerry Brown’s $15+ billion Delta Tunnels, announced they were approaching their first anniversary, a panel of experts convened by Restore the Delta revealed the alarming information that they have discovered so about the project after reading […]

October 2nd

ACTION: Interior Secretary should reject California’s water-stealing Delta Tunnels

By Dan Bacher The Environmental Water Caucus, a coalition including the California Sportfishing Protection Aliance (CSPA) and other fishing groups, environmental organizations, businesses and the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, recently submitted a letter to Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior, urging her to reject the Delta Water Tunnels. “By the end of 2015, state and federal […]

September 26th

Has Big Oil Bought Out the State of California?

By Dan Bacher Big Oil spent $266 million influencing California politics from 2005-2014 The biggest, most explosive story in California environmental politics is the capture of the regulatory apparatus by the regulated, but you wouldn’t know it if you rely on the mainstream media for your information. While corporate agribusiness, the timber industry, insurance companies, […]

August 10th

You won’t believe how much big oil spends on lobbying (to get billions in subsidies)

A new chart released by Stop Fooling California reveals that the oil industry, including the Western States Petroleum Association, Chevron, BP and other oil companies, spent $56.63 million on lobbying at the State Capitol in the five years from 2009 through 2013.  “It’s enough to spend $471,000 on each California Senator and Assemblymember,” according to, […]

April 2nd

Not one drop of water for fracking California!

Apparently responding to recent articles written by Adam Scow of Food and Water Watch and others about the insanity of using water for fracking during an unprecedented drought, the oil industry has fired back with its standard response claiming that the oil industry uses insignificant amounts of water for fracking and is going out of […]

February 24th